Several conferences, debates, exhibitions and film screenings are taking place in Lagoa this week as part of a new series of events entitled ‘Encontros Internacionais de Política e da Imagem de Lagoa’ (International Meetings of Politics and Image of Lagoa).
The initiative kicked off with a presentation event on January 15 at the São José convent followed by the inauguration of several photography exhibitions which will be on display until the event comes to an end on Saturday (January 18).
Three of the exhibitions, featuring the works of Paulo Catrica, Augusto Brázio and Lara Jacinto, will be displayed at the São José convent. The others will be at Lagoa’s Nossa Senhora da Luz church, featuring photos by Valter Vinagre, and at the old town hall, featuring works by João Pina.
The festivities continue on Thursday (January 16) with the presentation of a project which involves turning Lagoa’s old town hall into a ‘Casa da Cidadania’ (House of Citizenship). The presentation event will take place at the São José convent at 4pm and will likely reveal more information about the plan.
This will be followed by a debate at 5pm named ‘Documentar’ (Documenting) which will be attended by the five photographers who will be exhibiting their work in the municipality during the course of the event.
Another highlight of the day will be the screening of a film by Portuguese director Sérgio Tréfaut called ‘Raiva’ (Rage), also at the São José convent, starting at 9.30pm.
The convent will also be the venue for two other headlining events on Friday (January 17) – a conference entitled ‘Pensamento e Ofuscamento’ (Thought and Obfuscation) led by Mário Santiago de Carvalho, a philosopher and a university professor at the University of Coimbra, taking place at 4pm; and a ‘round table’ event with the theme ‘Paths towards a political and religious dialogue’, which will be moderated by councillor Anabela Simão and will take place an hour later.
Two more of Sérgio Tréfaut’s films – ‘Waiting for Paradise’ and ‘A Cidade dos Mortos’ (The City of the Dead) – will be screened on Friday, again at 9.30pm.
On the last day, there will be a conference about ‘The urgency of speaking to the world’ led by Antena 1 journalist José Manuel Rosendo followed by another ‘round table’ discussion, this time focusing on ‘Political violence, work, leisure and consumption: migrations and migrants in the 21st century’.
The event will end with a closing ceremony at 7pm which will be attended by Lagoa Mayor Luís Encarnação and Portugal’s Culture Minister Graça Fonseca.
The full list of events can be found online in English at https://www.cm-lagoa.pt/pdfs/cultura/politicaimagem/PROGRMA_P&I_LAGOA_2020_EN.pdf